There were several lesser known brands
built by Hercules. Included in this group are Reeco, Saxon, Phillips, Champion, Williams,
Rohaco, Ajax, Atlas Mixer, Enen, American and Loane. There are a couple of others but the
brands are unknown.
So far I have become aware of four of the
Saxon brand. They all have a Brackett, Shaw and Lunt of Boston, Massachusetts tag on them.
They are all 1 1/2 HP model E engines. Serial numbers are 144728, 146106, 148242
(all 1918), and 185363 (1919). They are reported to be black in color with stripe color
unknown at this time.
A call came earlier in the winter about a
Champion brand engine, bringing the total known to four. This last one was reported to be
black with orange stripes. There are two 1 1/2 HP E models with serial numbers
196845 and 197145 (1919). There is a 6 HP EK number 69371(1915) and a 9 HP E number 89559
Three Phillips drag saw engines are
currently known. The generic Hercules type tag has been replaced with a Phillips tag, but
apparently the Hercules data was used on the new tag. Those known are all 1 1/2 HP E with
numbers 209993, 210292, and 214574 (all 1920).
Last October the first Reeco turned up.
The Reeco name stands for the Rider-Ericsson Engine Company. It is a 3 HP model E with
serial number 223794(1920).
While we are on the story of the lesser
known Hercules built engines, there are four more to mention. There is 5 HP EK, serial
number unknown, with a Loane tag on it. There is a 5 HP E American brand with serial
number 284788 (1923). There is a 1/2 HP model F, number 267521(1922), that is simply
labeled "Milking Machine Engine." And then there is engine number 265374 (2 HP
1922) that has the remains of a diamond-shaped emblem on the hopper sides. It has an oil
field conversion to a hot tube and has a natural gas mixer.
So far, no literature has turned up in
regard to any of these lesser known brands built by Hercules. Is there any out there
anywhere? Color and stripe information is also sketchy or nonexistent. It is likely that
some of the lesser known brands have lost their identity and have been restored as
Hercules, Economy, ARCO or Jaeger brands.
It has been very interesting to follow
information about engines made by the Hercules Gas Engine Company. New unknown brands pop
up, and there is always some new gadget, modification or odd thing that wasn't known about
before. I've been at this Hercules thing for over 15 years now and it is very interesting
that new tidbits of new information are still out there waiting to be discovered.
Coming next time will be illustrations of the stripe and
decorating patterns used on the Sparta Economy engines.